My brother and his family live in Brockport, NY (I did my undergrad work at SUNY Brockport,) and my folks stopped by the Seymour Public Library a month or so ago while out that way and noticed this wonderful little idea: gift cards for library fines and holds. I asked my father to ask them about the program and get me some more details but at the time they were “in-between directors and behind on updating the Web site” so all he was able to provide any more details than the following photos. I’ve got to say I love the idea. They’d make wonderful gifts for those heavy hold users, and you’re library scofflaw friends.
Update 3 December 2010:
A little more information from my father that actually makes this story even cooler.
[According to the librarian he spoke with] the idea started by someone asking about pre paid “hold” cards so they did not have to carry cash when picking up books that were a hold (cost is 50 cents a hold) Then someone said why not have gift fine cards ….so they just made them. No committee, no written policy…they just DID IT!